A woman on a scooter was killed in a crash in Northeast Portland early Saturday morning, police said.
Officers responded to reports of the crash near Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast 149th Avenue just after 12:30 a.m., according to police.
They found a woman who had been riding a Lime electric scooter when she was hit by a driver in a vehicle. Paramedics at the scene determined she had been killed in the crash, police said. The victim was not identified.
Police originally said the driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene of the crash and was cooperating with investigators, but in a later statement officials said the driver who was contacted after the crash was not the one who struck the woman. That driver was interviewed and released as investigators now believe the driver responsible for the crash fled the scene.
Investigators did not release any information about the vehicle that hit the woman, but asked anyone who has any information about the crash or the vehicle involved in it to contact Traffic Investigations Unit Officer Chris Johnson by email at Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov or by calling 503-823-2213.
The death marks the 26th traffic fatality of 2021, twice as many as had occurred at this time last year. A passenger in an SUV was killed Thursday night when a driver, suspected of driving under the influence, crashed into a power pole in Northeast Portland not far from the scene of Saturday morning’s fatality.
The driver in that crash was arrested on charges of manslaughter, police said.
On Friday, transportation officials announced they would be requesting $3.35 million in safety improvements for one particularly dangerous stretch of Northeast 82nd Avenue, including the installation of new streetlights and pedestrian crossings at an intersection where two men were struck and killed by drivers last month.
The proposal also includes a number of other safety improvements like reducing the speed limit from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour and adding 10 speed reader signs on the nearly eight-mile stretch of urban highway.
A short stretch of Northeast Sandy Boulevard was closed after Saturday morning’s crash while the Portland Police Major Crash Team investigated, but has since reopened.
— Kale Williams; firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-294-4048; @sfkale